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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker—Portable Espionage Action

You know, with the controversies surrounding Hideo Kojima’s discharge from Konami and the so-so sales of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the future of this beloved franchise and its legendary creator are uncertain, but it is certain that MGSV will likely be the franchise’s swan song while still in Konami’s hands.

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Kingdom of Loathing —An Adventurer is You!

You know, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed in a lot of MMOs, it’s that a lot of them tend to use indirect humor. That is, they tend to use puns and references to make the quests, npcs, and items a little more memorable. Very few MMOs try to go out of their way to be funny, aside from the rather hilarious quest in World of Warcraft called “The Day Deathwing Came”, which was a gut-buster in its own right.

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Revenge of the License: Batman: Revenge of the Joker

What happens when one title contains the word ‘revenge’ twice? Nothing: it’s either an editorial mistake, in which case I’ll fix it a year later when all seventeen of our readers have properly derided me as an idiot, or I’m talking about a video game with ‘revenge’ in the title. This week thankfully it’s the latter, as we’re dealing with everybody’s favorite DC crime-puncher in his third outing for the Genesis/Mega Drive. Gotham help us all, it’s Batman: Revenge of the Joker, and if this one didn’t make you break a controller, your system, the television, or a random family member, then hello, Mr. Dalai Lama–we’re honored you could drop by and please don’t be offended by some of the language that’s about to follow. The rest of you? Let’s get ready to [excised for copyright violation]!!!!!

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Atari 2600 Q*Bert Improved to be More like Arcade Version

The Atari 2600 sure did try to be the arcade in your home, and for a while it was.  The problem is, as time went on things improved in the arcade such as the hardware and challenge provided to the gamer.  Gamers wanted more challenge, more colors, more sounds and the poor Atari 2600 just couldn’t keep up, as evidenced by many of the later arcade ports (go ahead, just pick one and see).  One such title that was quite a bit of trouble to get on the Atari 2600 was Q*Bert, the Atari 2600 just didn’t have the graphical capability to do diagonal, isometric, style graphics quite right- it still doesn’t.  This hack is not improving the graphics all that much, instead it focuses on other parts of the game.

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Street Fight World to Bring Street Fighter II and Alpha to Atari 2600

Street Fighter II was the one game that sealed the success of the Super Nintendo in the early 90’s.  Sega simply had nothing to compete with it other than pitiful attempts that are best not mentioned in the same breath.  Capcom knew they had a gold mine on their hands based on the success of the arcade machine, there was very little reason to not believe this would carry over to the home version.  It did, and it continues today with Street Fighter V being a console exclusive just like Street Fighter II was.  Street Fighter II got around in the gaming world, it hit the SNES, Genesis, PC-Engine (Turbo Grafx-16 here in the states) and then in compilations on consoles after that.  Including the Virtual Boy (unofficially), soon we will add the Atari 2600 as a platform to receive an, unofficial, port of Street Fighter II.

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Alex Kidd is coming to the TI-99/4A Computer Thanks to Homebrew Developer

The classic, and completely forgotten by Sega, game Alex Kidd is being ported to the Texas Instruments 99/4A computer.  This is not an official port but one by a homebrew developer who just happens to be a huge Alex Kidd fanatic.  Some things were sacrificed for this port, which is to be expected as the hardware is quite different, such as graphical detail and some sound effects took a hit.  Other than that, this is Alex Kidd running on the Texas Instruments 99/4A. 

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Mortal Kombat X Not Coming to Last Gen Consoles, We Look at Reasons Why

You read that headline right, Mortal Kombat X is no longer coming to the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 (Nintendo Wii  owners welcome their fellow gamers).  It seems that Mortal Kombat X on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 just didn’t measure up to the quality of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions, as stated by a community manager for Warner Brothers Games.  Sounds suspicious to me. 

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Classic Nonogram Game PixlCross Reminds us of Mario’s Picross on Wii U and Computers

Way back on the Game Boy, around 20 years ago, Nintendo took another chance with their leading star (back then it was normal).  Nonogram’s, aka Hanjie Picross and Griddlers, are logic puzzles that create a simple image (recent variations have brought this type of game into the 3rd dimension).  Mario’s Picross is probably the most familiar of these types of games for retrogaming fans.  On more current hardware there are a few releases in the Nonogram style, of varying quality.  PixlCross is coming to the Wii U, Windows, Macintosh and Linux and it is bringing some interesting additions to the genre.

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Lara Croft Go Comes to Android and iOS, Remembers Windows Phone Too

The Tomb Raider series is one that has been all over the place as far as the fans are concerned.  The first one took gaming by storm, the second was “alright” and the third is quite forgettable.  The series just goes up and down from there all the way up to current generation platforms.  Recently, the original Tomb Raider game was released on iOS and Android (updated with touch controls of course) and around that time we saw the release of Relic Run.  Now mobile gamers can enjoy an all new puzzle adventure on everything but Blackberry it seems.  Lara Croft Go is now available for Windows Phone (YES!), Android (alright!) and iOS (of course).

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Mutant League Football, Sega Genesis Classic, Reborn as Mutant Football League for Playstation 4, Modern Platforms

This is a unique news item, one that is pretty interesting for me as I figured the original was to be the start of something pretty cool.  Sadly, we only ever saw one Mutant League Football game and one hockey title in this style before the series was pretty much dropped by Electronic Arts.  During the 16-Bit wars, exclusives were key, sure Sega, Nintendo and NEC all had their “house” franchises, there were certain companies that produced games on at least two of the more popular platforms of the day.  Electronic Arts was, and still is, one of the biggest 3rd party companies out there- during the 16-Bit days they held a lot of clout.  When we saw Mutant League Football release, it was pretty much guaranteed that it would not be on the Super Nintendo (this was before the whole ‘Play it Loud’ because we saw Mortal Kombat sales drag the bottom of the financial barrel campaign).  Now, that classic football game is being re-imagined for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and mobile platforms- iOS and Android.


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